5 Things

A happy play, a sad play, a film festival, an MLK, Jr. tribute…that’s what this weekend is all about. Yes, that’s what it’s all about.

Family-oriented? Check out 5 Things for Families. You won’t be sorry, and you won’t miss naptime.

1. Death and the Maiden

Gah, this play is rumored to be exceedingly good. Guess who’s coming to dinner? Surprise! The man who used to abuse you. It’s a South American play that hits a lot of sensitive spots involving state-sponsored abuse and women’s rights and also your heartstrings. Henley Street Theatre has got you covered, if you like to feel the feels and think the thinks.

  • Thursday, February 6th – Saturday, March 1st • see site for times
  • Gottwald Playhouse, 600 E. Grace Street
  • $15 – $30


For the ninth time, Family Lifeline has expanded their normal thing, which is helping families in need, to providing the rest of us with a four-billion-calorie evening based around chocolate, dessert, and other sweet things. Benefit this good cause by hitting the Science Museum in your most forgiving outfit, because you’ll be downing enough samples from the areas finest chocolatiers, bakeries, and specialty shops. Plus, all that good you’re doing your community will make your head swell too. Arrange for someone to roll you home.

  • Thursday, February 6th • 7:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad Street
  • $50 (online ticket sales are closed, but you might score some at the door)

3. The Addams Family

They’re creepy and they’re sniffly, and altogether miffly. They’re yadda yadda yadda, The Addam’s family! Did you guys feel all nostalgic when you saw the costumes from the movie The Addams Family at the VMFA Hollywood Costume exhibit? And did the parents of you guys feel nostalgic because they remembered the actual show? Now see the live theater version and have a lot of fun doing so this weekend at the Landmark!

  • Friday, February 7th – Saturday, Saturday 8th • three performances, see site for times
  • Landmark Theater, 6 N. Laurel Street
  • $38 – $68

4. RVA Environmental Film Festival

Film festivals, the best kind of festival if you ask me. And few do! But I’m telling you, we live in a movie desert. And these festivals are a fantastic way to see films you won’t normally get access to, unless you feel like hopping on a bus and camping out in a larger city. This film festival, which began last night and runs through the weekend, hits all over town, giving us all a chance to learn things about the environment and its various troubles in the most enjoyable way known to man! Via the silver screen! Oh, and it’s FREE. Like, F.R.E.E. free! There is no excuse but to catch one of these flicks and meet some like-minded people while you’re at it.

  • Wednesday, February 5th – Sunday, February 9th • see site for showtimes
  • See site for venues
  • Free!

5. Generation Dream

We’ve got a lot of good things going this month, which, as you probably already know, celebrates the history of the African-American. Generation Dream, the Richmond Peace Youth EduConcert, delights audiences again this year by commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and stars lots of adorable teens singing, playing music, doing spoken word stuff…it’s a great way to get your brain, your kids’ brains, your siblings’ brains, your friends’ brains, or even your parents’ brains going.

  • Friday, February 7th and Saturday, February 9th • see site for times
  • See site for venues
  • Free!

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